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#2532: Nissin Nippon Onomichi Ramen

#2532: Nissin Nippon Onomichi Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater -

Here’s one sent by Javier from www.BoxromJapan.com. Box From Japan is a ramen subscription service – they have boxes of neat Japanese candy too! This one was a little tough to translate. Think I got it though. Here’s a little about Onomichi from Wikipedia –

Onomichi (尾道市 Onomichi-shi?) is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, facing the Inland Sea. The city was founded on April 1, 1898. As of April 30, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 141,811.

Okay so this is a Hiroshima ramen. Well, let’s take a look.

Nissin Nippon Onomichi Ramen – Japan

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add the sachet with the pork slice and boiling water to the fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Add in liquid base and stir. Finally, add garnish and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid and its underside (click to enlarge).

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The noodle block.

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The liquid base sachet.

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The liquid base.

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The garnish sachet.

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Little bits of spring onion.

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The pork slice is in here.

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Chashu and karage mushroom perhaps?

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Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are chewy and very premium. They come out very nicely in 4 minutes. The broth is a thick and hearty one – I get a kind of shoyu/miso kind of battle going on with it and it’s quite nice. The included pork was alright; a little thin. The included vegetables were decent. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105239667.

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A History of Japan: Revised Edition

A tourism video

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

Here’s one from Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com, a service where you can get a monthly box of interesting ramen from Japan! So this one is a chanpon variety – here’s something from Wikipedia about chanpon –

Champon (ちゃんぽん Chanpon?), also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki. There are different versions in Japan, Korea and China. The dish was, inspired from the cuisine of China. Champon is made by frying pork, seafood and vegetables with lard; a soup made with chicken and pig bones is then added. Ramen noodles made especially for champon are added and then boiled. Unlike other ramen dishes, only one pan is needed as the noodles are boiled in the soup. Depending on the season and the situation, the ingredients differ. Hence the taste and style may depend on the location and time of year.[citation needed

Champon was first served by Shikairō (四海楼?), a Chinese restaurant in Nagasaki. According to the restaurant, it was based on a dish in Fujian cuisine, tonniishiimen (湯肉絲麵?).[1] In the middle of the Meiji period, the owner saw a need for a cheap, filling meal that suited the palates of hundreds of Chinese students who came to Japan for school. Nowadays, champon is a popular specialty food (or meibutsu) of Nagasaki.[2]

Let’s have a look at this interesting chanpon variety from Japan!

Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen – Japan

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood and possibly pork. To prepare, add dry sachets to bowl and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep 5 minutes. Add liquid base. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

The noodle block.

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

A dry sachet.

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

A speckled and fluffy powder.

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A liquid sachet.

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Oily stuff.

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A vegetable and seafood sachet.

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Lots of different things in there.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and carved squid. The noodles hydrated very well and are better than expected. The broth is like a creamy seafood flavor with little bits throughout – very tasty and nice. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990327718.

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

Maruchan Tonkotsu Ramen Gotsumori 1 pack

A Maruchan advert from Japan

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West)

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

I’m happy to say that I got an email from Javier over at Box From Japan telling me that they’re back! They offer s subscription service – instant ramen bowls direct from Japan! You get 4 bowls every month! It’s pretty neat – should go check it out!

Today, we have a bowl from Nissin Japan – Kitsune udon. Let’s ask Wikipedia about it:

Udon (饂飩?, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flournoodle of Japanese cuisine. Udon is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, which is made of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. It is usually with thin scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or aburaage, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added. Shichimi can be added to taste.

The flavor of broth and topping vary from region to region. Usually, dark brown broth, made from dark soy sauce (koikuchi shōyu), is used in eastern Japan, and light brown broth, made from light soy sauce (usukuchi shōyu), is used in western Japan. This is even noticeable in packaged instant noodles, which are often sold in two different versions for east and west.

Kitsune udon: “Fox udon”. Topped with aburaage (sweetened deep-fried tofu pockets). This originated in Osaka.

This is a pretty popular variety in Japan. Indeed, this is a long-lived series of products. So let’s check out Nissin’s Kitsune Udon – West-style!

Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) – Japan

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add sachet contents and 410ml boiling water to the bowl and cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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The udon noodle block.

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A dual sachet.

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The powder soup base.

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Shichimi togarashi – a peppery melange.

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Finally, the kitusne – sweet fried tofu.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles sucked up a lot of liquid and were of great quanlity and character. They’re broad and very thick but flatter than other udon you might find in the refrigerated section. The broth is light and a little sweet with notes of fish. The kitsune (fried tofu) was sweet and soft. Indeed, I’ve found it to remind me of a big rectangular tongue. It’s good and compliments the soup and noodles perfectly. The little sprinkle of shichimi togarashi was nice. I can see why this is a popular bowl in Japan. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105002674.

Nissin Donbei Kitsune U d o n, Instant Japanese Udon Noodle with Fried Tofu, Strong Taste, 3.4oz X 6 bowls (For 6 Servings)[japan Import]

A Nissin TV advertisement.

Box From Japan: Ramen Subscriptions Are Back!

After a short hiatus, I received an email from Javier. Javier runs Box From Japan, a website where you can get different subscription boxes full of interesting Japanese things! They have a ramen box – which comes with 4 varieties of instant noodles from Japan. They also have a cando box which has a ton of different kinds of Japanese candies which are odd and interesting. Even a Pokemon box! Let have a look inside this one!

Box From Japan: Ramen Subscriptions Are Back! – Japan

A note packed with the noodles (click to enlarge).

And here are the noodles (click to enlarge)! Even comes with four sets of chopsticks! Thanks to Javier for sending this along! Go check out www.boxfromjapan.com out today!

#2294: Sapporo Ichiban Tabimen AizuKitakata Gyokai Shoyu Ramen

Here’s another one sent to me by Javier from Box From Japan. Box From Japan has subscriptions for all sorts of neat Japanese things. I regret to say that I was informed that they won’t be taking subscriptions for their ramen boxes for now – hopefully that will start again soon. He mentioned that you can purchase instant noodles from them here. Here’s what he had to say about this particular variety:

Instant noodles that simulate the local flavor of the ramen from the city of Kitakata, in the Aizu region of Fukushima prefecture. Noodles: Flat and curly noodles that mix well with a glossy-surfaced soup. Soup: Light soup with the richness of seafood. Its base is cooked-and-dried pork, to which you add the flavor of dried bonito, two types of soy sauce concentrated and enhanced with ginger, which serves to heighten the flavor. Ingredients: Grilled pork slices, fish paste spirals (naruto), bamboo shoots, and chives.

Alright, let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and pork. To prepare, add in clear sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid base sachet.

A decent amount of liquid.

The vegetables sachet.

Not just veggies but pork and narutomaki.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles hydrated nicely – they have a soft chew and a wide and thick kind of character. The broth is definitely a kind of fishy shoyu; one that is alright but a slight bit saltier than I prefer. The naruto was good, vegetables decent but pork so thin it might have not been present. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734025344.

Sapporo most salt ramen bowl 83g ~ 12 pieces

Wow – prepare to dance around your house!

#2247: Nissin Sapporo Noukou Miso Ramen

Here’s one that Javier from www.BoxFromJapan.com – thanks! Box From Japan is a monthly subscription service where you can get 4 unique bowls of ramen from Japan a month. It’s pretty awesome – I haven’t gotten a duplicate yet! Here’s what he had to say about this variety:

Community-based brand that spreads various noodles all over Japan with the support of local organizations and the local government. Manufactures and sells one of the three major ramen of Japan, Sapporo miso ramen, with certification by the Hokkaido Inheritance Committee. A special product. Noodle: Medium-thick curly noodles that are chewy. Soup: Thick miso soup made using Hokkaido fermented miso that has ginger and garlic to add a kick. Ingredients: Cabbage, minced meat, green onion

Sounds interesting – let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. to prepare, add in the powder, the clear sachet and the vegetables sachet. Fill to line with boiling water and cover for 4 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents.Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

A light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

An interesting array.

The liquid sachet.

A thick liquid with a miso scent.

The garnish sachet.

Looks like perhaps this is the cabbage and mine meat.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, kizami shoga, hard boiled egg and chashu pork. The noodles are really nice – a little wide, a little flat. They definitely have a strong chewiness to them – very premium here. The broth has a tasty and hearty miso character to it which I enjoyed. The scads of cabbage are very nice as it the little bits of mincemeat. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105230398.

Nissin Noodle craftsman (ramen Meister) / soy sauce / miso / pork / Tan Tan /

A short video about the Noukou series by Nissin of Japan.

#2214: Sapporo Ichiban Tabimen Nagasaki Chanpon

Here’s another one sent to me by Javier from Box From Japan. Box From Japan has subscriptions for all sorts of neat Japanese things. I regret to say that I was informed that they won’t be taking subscriptions for their ramen boxes for now – hopefully that will start again soon. He mentioned that you can purchase instant noodles from them here. Here’s what he had to say about this particular variety:

Noodles: smooth with a supple, chewy texture. The thin, crimped noodles mix well with the soup. Soup: eight varieties of miso are mixed together with fragrant herbs and shichimi togarashi (a Japanese red pepper spice mixture) to create a full-bodied soup. Toppings: The four vegetable toppings of roughly chopped bok choy, cabbage, corn, and carrots perfectly complement the soup. The freeze-drying process preserves the flavors of the raw ingredients.

Shall we? We shall!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Guessing it contains meat and/or fish. To prepare, add in contents of vegetables sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet content. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

A nice looking liquid!

The vegetables sachet.

Cabbage, bok choy, carrot and corn.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, fried garlic and shichimi togarashi. The noodles came out very nicely – thin gauge and unique mouthfeel to them. The broth was seriously miso – they weren’t kidding about the 4 different kinds of miso – I feel a little fermented myself after that! Was very tasty and strong miso. The supplied vegetables came out great and worked well. 4.25 out of 5.0  JAN bar code 4901734025351.

Sapporo most salt ramen bowl 83g ~ 12 pieces

Wow – prepare to dance around your house!

#2163: Nissin Piritto Karakuchi Tantan Udon

Here’s another one sent by the kind folks at www.BoxFromJapan.com. You can subscribe to a monthly box of instant noodles from Japan – and what’s amazing is that every month they’ve sent me one, I’ve never gotten one that I’ve reviewed before! Here’s what they had to say about this variety:

Chinese dish, but arranged in the characteristic Japanese style of Donbei broth Soup: Ground sesame is used to add avor to the bonito dashi stock, with a Japanese-style Dandan broth which is slightly spicy. Noodles: Springy Udon noodles which go together perfectly with the characteristic Donbei soup. Its compatibility with the soup is outstanding. Ingredients: Minced meat, Chinese cabbage, round slices of red pepper, and spring onions.

Sounds like something a little different – let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat and fish. To prepare, add in dry sachet content and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The dry sachet.

Very coarse and chunky stuff.

The liquid sachet.

Has a definite sesame scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). The udon hydrated nicely – wide flat and chewy noodles. The broth is thick and hearty. Almost has an earthy kind of taste like mushroom, yet with a fermented tofu hint as well. The meat and cabbage was prevalent and delicious. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105221877.

Nissin Hokkaido Gentei KITA no DONBEI Dashi Curry Udon 12capsx1case

My new favorite Nissin Japan video.

#2146: Sapporo Ichiban Kun Ramen Sumo-kuchikin (Smoked Chicken)

Here’s soimething I’ve never seen before – smoked chicken ramen! This one hails from Japan and was sent by Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com. You can subscribe to receive a box with 4 different Japanese ramen bowls every month – it’s pretty awesome and honestly since it includes the shipping pretty cheap. Let’s see what Javier has to say about this one:

Noodles: Deep-flavored, durable and flexible noodles prepared with an intensely textured soy sauce. Soup: Features the characteristic taste of aged soy sauce, which gives it a grilled, smoky aroma. The base of the soup itself is a simple chicken broth, to which you add aromatic vegetables such as garlic and onion, and the final touch is made by adding black sesame. Ingredients: Cabbage, ground chicken, scrambled eggs, and red bell pepper.

Hey neat – well, let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add in dry sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid base sachet.

Has an interesting smoky scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

A nice mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were pretty good – mellow on the chew. The broth had a definitely smoky taste to it and it was a little overboard. It was that ‘liquid smoke’ kind of flavor and just didn’t seem quite right. The bits of egg, cabbage and chicken were very good. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734027676.

Sapporo most soy sauce mini bowl 44g ~ 12 pieces

A Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial.

#2141: Nissin Men Shokunin Kaoruyasai Shio

Here’s another one from Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com, a subscription service. You can get a box of different Japanese instant noodles (or candy!) from Japan every month! Of all the subscription services for instant noodles I’ve seen thus far, this is the best. Today’s ramen looks really neat – here’s what Javier had to say about it:

Soup: The fragrance of the vegetables and condiments add to the flavors of the pork and chicken making a deep-flavored soup. The rich aroma of the pot herbs give the soup a taste that makes you want to drink it all up. Noodles: Medium-fine un-fried straight noodles that are almost as if they are raw. Ingredients: Cabbage, bok-choy, corn, carrot, and sesame seeds. The sesame seeds lend an ample aroma.

Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add in powder and solid ingredient sachets and boiling water to fill line. Steep for 4 minutes covered. Add in liquid sachet contents. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A light powder.

A liquid sachet.

Has a kind of pork and chicken scent.

The garnish sachet.

Lots of interesting bits in here.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo muing bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, chashu pork and baked chicken. The noodles are very, very good – a really nice thinnish gauge with a strong backbone and just the nicest little bit of crumble to them – almost dainty. the broth is thick and rich shio with a lot of pork and chicken flavor throughout. The included cabbage, sesame seeds and other veggies are just perfect. This is a real wow. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105041840.

Nissin Men Shokunin (3 Taste Variety Pack) (3.4ounce X 6cups)

A Nissin Men Shokunin TV advertisement.

The August Box From Japan!

For a while now, Javier over at BoxFromJapan.com has been sending me sample boxes and they’ve been really out of this world. Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a new box every month to your door – it’s reasonably priced I think since you can’t find any of these in the USA, plus I’ve NEVER gotten a single instant ramen from him that I’ve ever reviewed before – and that’s definitely saying something. Not only that, he also has a candy box – all sorts of neat treats from Japan as well! Let’s look inside!

A little note is included (click to enlarge).

Another set of noodles I’ve never tried nor seen before (click to enlarge) with a few sets of chopsticks! If you want to try new and unique instant noodles from Japan, definitely check out www.boxfromjapan.com!

#2055: Nissin Tokyo Tokunou Gyokai Tonkotsu

Here’s one from the Box From Japan box from March! BoxFromJapan.com is a monthly subscription service – you get 4 neat and very unique bowls of ramen sent from Japan along with a few chopsticks and a little letter! Really awesome – I’ve not gotten any that I’ve reviewed before at this point which is really quite amazing! Anyways, check them out! Today’s variety looks really great – here’s what Box From Japan has to say about it:

Seafood tonkotsu soup with all the flavor of a famous shop representative of Tokyo, reproduced in a concentrated soup. Rich tonkotsu soup with seafood added to it for a balanced flavor.

Alright – let’s crack it open and look inside!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and pork. To prepare, add in powder and pork sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 4 minutes with liquid sachet on top. Add in liquid sachet and stir. Add in onion bits. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

Looks like it has some spring onion in with it.

The liquid soup base.

Has a really nice scent of pork.

A garnish sachet.

White onion!

A meat sachet.

Chashu pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles are very good – nice chewiness and body to them. The broth had a nice thickness and was truly a seafood tonkotsu – definitely tasted like seafood. The onion bits were great – never seen them like this before and they were very good. the pork was a perfect touch. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105233108.

NISSIN RAMEN Rich Taste Wakayama Tonkotsu Pork Instant Cup Noodle 130g x 12pcs from Japan

A Nissin TV commercial from about 15 years ago.